After waiting in a queue outside Levain Bakery, and smelling the cookies there( gift for friends), I was famished. Stumbled upon Piccolo just around the corner. Small, cozy place, with seating on the sidewalk as well.... which is where I sat. Tried the Fettuccine pasta in tomato sauce. It was awesome!
We got take out and the food was quite good. There are several things that they will not allow you to order to go, and some make less sense than others. I'd love to eat in sometime so I can try the things we couldn't take with us! But, you guys, hold on. The first time I ever had tiramisu was in Venice when I was 16. Worst decision I ever made, because it was the most delicious tiramisu I ever had, and nothing could ever live up to that tiramisu. I stopped ordering it for years, but ordered some from here on a whim. Whhhaaaaaat? It was as good as the Venice tiramisu. It was so delicious. I'm considering moving to New York so I can eat it for every meal.
Piccolo means "little" in Italian, and that name fits this casual & cute tiny restaurant! Considering that this eatery is in NYC, the prices are not too high. The food is good, and there is a bar here. I had a Wednesday night special- gnocchi with shrimp , calamari, and cherry tomatoes that looked pretty, and tasted great! The place was full when we had our dinner- every seat at the small bar was taken, as well as every table. The location is convenient if you are attending a show at the Beacon Theater, as we were. We enjoyed our pre-show meal here, and would return.
A couple months ago I dined down the street from Piccolo Cafe and when leaving that restaurant I noticed that PC was quite busy so I made a note to try it. Today, my daughter and were walking by and there were many full tables on the pavement so we decided to give it a try. We went in and asked the girl behind the counter if we could sit inside and she told us "Yes, but don't sit in the corners." Can't say why the corners were excluded, but okay. We sat for kinda too long waiting for someone to say "hey", particularly for the number of people there, but there was only 1 guy working tables so we were patient. While we waited, we saw the girl behind the bar argue with the lone waiter and give a potential customer a "duh" response that fell way short of accommodating; customer left. Took 25 minutes for an egg and truffle something for my daughter, & my salad and rosemary cauliflower baked in a pot with parmesan cheese. Food really just mediocre. My salad was old and brown, just mesclun lettuce, drizzled very scantly with just balsamic. The pot of cauliflower had a piece of provolone, not parm, ALMOST melted on top. What a bummer. We get the check and I ask where the restroom is and the waiter says "Sorry, it's not working." Guess what? Either is Piccolo Cafe.